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Joan of Arcadia Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

23 Episodes 2003 - 2004

Episode 1


Fri, Sep 26, 2003 60 mins

In the pilot, spirited teen Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn) gets her first visit from God, who will be dropping in on her periodically. Why? "I need you to do some errands," says the Almighty. Joan's initial task is to get a job at a local bookstore, which won't be easy since the owner dislikes adolescents. Elsewhere, Joan's dad---who's also the police chief---puts his force on edge by leading the investigation into the rape and murder of an 18-year-old runaway. Will: Joe Mantegna.

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Episode 2

The Fire and the Wood

Fri, Oct 3, 2003 60 mins

Joan heeds God's advice to stop squandering her potential by enrolling in an advanced-placement chemistry class. There, she's partnered with two of the school's biggest underachievers. Elsewhere, Will is frustrated when a murder trail goes cold due to an arson investigator's overly thorough examination of the crime scene; and Helen is eager for Kevin to get a car after he passes his driver's ed test. Kevin: Jason Ritter. Luke: Michael Welch. Det. Michael Daghlian: Erik Palladino.

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Episode 3

Touch Move

Fri, Oct 10, 2003 60 mins

God takes the earthly form of a postal worker and delivers reading material to Joan for her next assignment, which is to join the school's chess club, a move that could prove detrimental to Joan's social status. Elsewhere, Will reluctantly works with a woman who uses ESP to help find missing people; and Kevin awakes from a dream so vivid it causes him to feel pain in his legs.

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Episode 4

The Boat

Fri, Oct 17, 2003 60 mins

Helen questions her daughter's sanity when, like Noah, Joan builds a boat; and Will faces second-guessing from his rank and file for refusing to connect the murder of one cop to the slaying of another within the same week. Meanwhile, Kevin (Jason Ritter) struggles with feelings of bitterness when he's encouraged to join a wheelchair-basketball team. Lt. Michael Daghlian: Erik Palladino. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom. Luke: Michael Welch.

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Episode 5

Just Say No

Fri, Oct 24, 2003 60 mins

Joan learns from God that she's holding a garage sale on Saturday, which doesn't leave her much time to sort through her family's unwanted belongings. Among the items she unearths are paintings created by Helen during a dark period in her life. Elsewhere, Will goes to bat for a rape victim even though the district attorney (John Getz) feels the case isn't strong enough. Also, Joan catches the interest of a class charmer and a newspaper job falls right into Kevin's lap. Adam: Chris Marquette.

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Episode 6

Bringeth It On

Fri, Oct 31, 2003 60 mins

Joan gets a lesson in popularity when God tells her to try out for the cheerleading squad, and her efforts to impress two pom-pom girls pay off with an invite to hang out together outside of school. Meanwhile, Will's first case working with Det. Toni Williams (April Grace) involves an abandoned newborn left in a trash bin, presumably by a student from Arcadia High. Another story line has a classmate sensing a gay vibe in Luke. Michael Welch. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Brianna: Keri Lynn Pratt.

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Episode 7

Death Be Not Whatever

Fri, Nov 7, 2003 60 mins

God advises Joan to pay attention to behavior that may signal a person is having a problem. When she does, she ends up offering to help a stranger who needs a baby sitter for her son. This random act of kindness plays out while Will must decide if two policemen are guilty of using excessive force against a black motorist in a videotaped incident. Elsewhere, Helen meets secretly with Father Ken, who counsels her to be aware of the five stages of grief to help her cope with Kevin's paralysis.

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Episode 8

The Devil Made Me Do It

Fri, Nov 14, 2003 60 mins

God's mysterious ways once again bewilder Joan, when He asks her to volunteer at the high-school art show, so that she can keep Adam Rove's sculpture from being exhibited. Elsewhere, Will feels pressure from the DA's office to call a man a hero after he shoots and kills a home intruder. Meanwhile, Kevin grows weary of receiving special treatment because he uses a wheelchair. Father Ken: David Burke. Gabe Fellowes: John Getz. Mayor Albert Dunbar: Richard Gilliland. Toni: April Grace.

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Episode 9

St. Joan

Fri, Nov 21, 2003 60 mins

God wants Joan to score an "A" on a test about French saint Joan of Arc. As the teen hits the books, she draws comparisons to the life of the young heroine who claimed to hear divine voices and was burnt at the stake. Helen finds her daughter's newest obsession troublesome and urges Will to have the entire family visit a therapist. Meanwhile, Will is unjustly raked over the coals for shutting down a crack house. DA Gabe Fellowes: John Getz. Adam: Christopher Marquette.

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Episode 10

Drive, He Said

Fri, Dec 5, 2003 60 mins

Each of the Girardis deal with crises of varying seriousness, the worst of which puts Will at the mercy of a crazed gunman (Evan Jones). The day also finds Helen reacting with mixed emotions after getting a positive result on a home-pregnancy test. Meanwhile, Joan dreads having to take her driver's exam, and Luke is presented with a major distraction just before he's supposed to compete in a high-stakes competition. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Friedman: Aaron Himelstein.

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Episode 11

The Uncertainty Principle

Fri, Dec 12, 2003 60 mins

God seems to be playing matchmaker when he encourages Joan to ask a school ruffian to the winter semiformal. Joan's date choice doesn't sit well with her parents, however, especially after Will learns the boy has a juvenile record. Will's also digging up some distressing information about his predecessor as chief of police, who, it turns out is still cashing a paycheck under another person's name. Meanwhile, Luke looks forward to entering this year's science fair with Grace Polk as his partner.

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Episode 12


Fri, Jan 9, 2004 60 mins

Joan is visited in a dream by the ghost of Rocky Tardio (David Dorfman), the dying boy for whom she had baby-sat. Her fantasy also includes a haunting image of Adam Rove. Elsewhere, Will's unearthing of the corruption scandal earns him a pink slip after the sheriff takes over jurisdiction in Arcadia. To worsen matters, the authorities seize some of the Girardi family's personal possessions as possible evidence. Among the items confiscated is the computer containing Luke's science-fair project.

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Episode 13


Fri, Jan 16, 2004 60 mins

The kids arrange for Will and Helen to go away for a relaxing weekend at a spa, something Will's hesitant to do because of a pending meth-lab bust. Meanwhile, God tells Joan that she deserves to have some fun, and with her parents out of town, she should throw a house party; and Rebecca (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) offers Kevin encouragement in both his career and his romantic chances with her. Cute Boy God: Kris Lemche. Friedman: Aaron Himelstein. Glynis: Megeina Tovah. Toni: April Grace.

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Episode 14

State of Grace

Fri, Feb 6, 2004 60 mins

Joan is less than pleased with her latest heavenly assignment, which finds her partnered on the debate team with a severe stutterer, arguing in favor of the unpopular installation of metal detectors at school. Meanwhile, Will investigates the vicious beating of a minister; Helen tries to come up with a good candidate for art teacher; and Kevin accepts an invitation from Rebecca for dinner at her place. Sydney Tamiia Poitier. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom. Toni: April Grace.

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Episode 15

Night Without Stars

Fri, Feb 13, 2004 60 mins

Joan's excited about going to a White Stripes concert with Adam (Christopher Marquette), but the thrill is gone after he becomes infatuated with a girl in his art class. Elsewhere, Will is already operating on a dangerously short fuse when he loses his composure over an unwanted work assignment, and Kevin receives pointers about maintaining a sex life, while Luke acts resentful of his older brother's returning confidence. Dog Walker God: Russ Tamblyn. Roy: Derek Morgan. Bear: Mitch Longley.

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Episode 16

Double Dutch

Fri, Feb 20, 2004 60 mins

Joan jumps into the pastime of double dutch and befriends a 16-year-old girl who has fallen on hard times; Helen wounds Adam's ego with her constructive critique of his art project; Kevin is assigned to interview an attractive musical therapist who works with autistic children. Also, before Will gets taken off desk duty and put back on the street his therapist strongly suggests that he participate in Bring Your Kids to Work Day. Luke: Michael Welch. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom. Toni: April Grace.

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Episode 17

No Bad Guy

Fri, Feb 27, 2004 60 mins

Joan wants revenge after classmates humiliate her by circulating an inadvertently snapped photo of her changing for gym, but God suggests the teen relieve her frustration by joining the school band and playing percussion. Meanwhile, Will's back on active duty investigating a 72-year-old man whose car plowed through a crowded farmers' market, killing six; and Helen's paintings are on exhibit. Andy: Andrew Ableson. Adam: Christopher Marquette.

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Episode 18

Requiem for a Third Grade Ashtray

Fri, Mar 12, 2004 60 mins

Joan feels that growing up is "a black hole of never-ending worry and responsibility" as she tends to a sick Luke, makes dinner, studies for tests and helps Adam set up for his first art show. Also, Will gets stuck in an elevator with an embezzler and a very pregnant woman; and Kevin believes he is experiencing "feelings" in his stomach.

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Episode 19

Do the Math

Fri, Apr 2, 2004 60 mins

Joan's trying to figure out how she can pass math when God tells her to take piano lessons from a teacher (Louise Fletcher) who may be the crankiest woman in Arcadia. Meanwhile, the teen learns a family secret that her father has kept hidden for years. Richard Girardi: Bradley White. Tom Campbell: Hamilton Mitchell. Helen: Mary Steenburgen. Kevin: Jason Ritter.

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Episode 20


Fri, Apr 30, 2004 60 mins

When Joan complains that everyone has something they're good at except her, God sends her to the yearbook staff to help out. Helen: Mary Steenburgen. Kevin: Jason Ritter. Adam: Christopher Marquette.

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Episode 21

Vanity, Thy Name Is Human

Fri, May 7, 2004 60 mins

God gets Joan to take a class on cosmetology where she gets a good foundation on the principles of self-concept and esteem, leading her to renounce makeup and regular bathing. Meanwhile, Kevin reunites with a former girlfriend (Kimberly McCullough). Adam: Christopher Marquette. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom. Glynis: Mageina Tovah.

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Episode 22

The Gift

Fri, May 14, 2004 60 mins

When God tells Joan to give Adam a gift and she subsequently finds a condom in Adam's backpack, she wonders if God wants her to give sex as the gift, and she considers taking this next step in their relationship. Ben Pollack: Christian J. Meoli. Mr. Petrov: John C. Moskoff. Cute Boy God: Kris Lemche.

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Episode 23


Fri, May 21, 2004 60 mins

In the first-season finale, a sick and feverish Joan is confused when God visits her in more incarnations than usual and delivers several contradictory messages. Meanwhile, Helen and Will each have strange yet spiritual experiences that cause them to ponder their faith. Ruth Washington: Debra Mooney. Denise: Debbon Ayer. Walter: Jeff Cahill. Chessmaster God: John Marshall Jones.

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